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Up and away: climbing plants for your fences and walls

Tuesday, September 28th, 2010

Climbing plants bring images of a luxurious, rustic and welcoming garden. There is nothing like spending a hot summer in the shade of a brick house garlanded by ivy. Climbing plants put another dimension to your garden: they go up towards the sky instead of spreading sideways on the ground. They can go on your walls, your backyard fence, or even on a treillis especially made for them. Adding climbing plants to your garden design will bring a sense of intimacy to your outdoor space.

The classic climbing plant is, of course, the English ivy. That’s the one you see on old English manors. However good-looking and fast-growing it is, though, it can get out of control very quickly. If your winters are cool and humid (little or no snow and above freezing temperature most days) it will end up growing like a weed and it will kill all your other plants. There are ways to control and maintain it, but be aware that killing it is difficult and you might end up suffocating your whole garden and even trees.

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